Nicolas Chorier is a Frenchman who specialises in “kite photography”. This image of the Jama Masjid in Delhi appears in a new book, Kite’s Eye View: India Between Earth and Sky, published by Roli Books.
Chorier makes 40-sq-foot kites from siliconised nylon and carbon or fibreglass rods. The camera sits in a cradle on a line beneath the kite, and can be raised to 1,000ft (300m). Chorier says lower altitudes are “more interesting”.
Chorier uses a Canon 5D camera and the whole rig can weigh about 2kg, with lens and extra battery. The camera cradle operates by remote control and can achieve a 360-degree rotation and 90-degree tilt.
Chorier uses an air-to-ground video link to provide real-time monitoring on a portable TV for accurate framing. “Once I feel my kite flying nicely, I rig up my camera on the line about 100 feet below the kite.”
Kite and camera can then be flown up to the required height. Chorier carries the remote control on his shoulder and the video monitor around his neck. He walks and raises and lowers the kite for shooting angles.
“Sometimes the kite comes down, but as the sail of the kite is big, it parachutes or glides down slowly. I have lost one camera, dropping it in the Yamuna river behind the Taj Mahal,” says Chorier.
“I have shot thousands of pictures above India. I love India, its sounds, smells, colours, people. Shooting India is so rewarding to my senses,” Chorier says.
We will be taking aerial photos later this week and into the weekend of the Tall Ships 2007 festival in Halifax. This years festival is shaping up to be a real jem, with some amazing ships and I have heard that the entertainment and activities this year will be second to none.
We will be attempting to get lot’s of shots from locations around the board walk as well as ocean side. The big event for us will be attempting to get shots when the ships are under sail, and maybe even from one of the ships
year in the making stealing little bits of time here and there. I hope you enjoy this somewhat romanticized view of KAPing complete with soundtrack by David Morihiro through www.soundclick.com. (runtime 2:50)
For the last few months I find that I spend more and more time over at flickr.com. I have been so happy with the service that I recently signed up for the pro account. Well worth the money IMHO. One of the most attractive things about this photo sharing service is the ability to easily share your photos with other like minded individuals using flickr groups. This is particularly appealing to me as one of my passions in the broad kite field is Kite Aerial Photography and there are not that many of us around. One day I happened to stumble across a group of KAPers posting photos on flickr. Lenny started the KAP group in April 2005 and the group has been a constant source of inspiration for me ever since.
As part of the fun Lenny put out a call for a list of themes that would challenge fellow KAPers to get out and try new subject matter. This has turned out to be a great success. This months theme has me particularly excited, it’s MUD…. Yep that’s right I said “mud”. Here are a few samples of some of the images posted for this month’s theme. Who knew mud could be so interesting! If you are interested in getting started in Kite Aerial Photography be sure to check out the KAP links on the right hand side of my site and visit the Flickr KAP group and say hello.
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you can check out the last two themese here and here.
Valerie and I had a little 2 day getaway to PEI this weekend. Now that our friends Scott and Linda live just outside Charlettetown it’s an even more appealing weekend retreat. Valerie and I arrived on Friday night so that we wouldn’t miss a minute of the wonderful weather that had been forecast.
We woke up Saturday morning around 7:30 am and Scott and I headed out to get started taking aerial photos. When Scott and I are together we have a pretty good KAP routine. We use Scott’s Rock Climber Rokkaku and my rig. Scott get’s the kite together while I prepare the rig. Scott flys the kite and I operate the controls. Mind you I have tried to put the controls in his hands but he won’t do it I think he is waiting until he finishes his rig. Once we are done I put the rig away and rethrow and wind the line while Scott put’s the Kite away. With this system we can get in the air, take some photos and be down in less than 10 minutes. Continue reading →
Yesterday was another beautiful day and I decided to take some more KAP shots. So Pete, Greg and Alex (Greg’s 2 y.o. son) and I headed out for a few hours. I headed back to the RESL Wind Turbine site but didn’t get any really good pictures. Then we headed down to Purdy’s Wharf in Downtown Halifax. The wind was great and the reflections off the mirrored buildings were incredible.
Today I posted this photo to my flickr photostream and then shared it with the Halifax flickr group. I made a quick post about my aerial photo set and BelarusRikk replied to my post and inquired about how the photos were taken. While I was replying I checked out BelarusRikk’s photo stream and found that they had a photo of Purdy’s Wharf around the same time. Sure enough you can see the kite flying high in the sky and